acrobatics


ac·ro·bat·ics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˌa-krə-ˈba-tiks\

: difficult and dangerous acts done by an acrobat; also : difficult or dangerous acts, movements, etc., done by another kind of performer

Full Definition of ACROBATICS

1
:  the art, performance, or activity of an acrobat
2
:  a spectacular, showy, or startling performance or demonstration involving great agility or complexity

First Known Use of ACROBATICS

1882

acrobatics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Art of jumping, tumbling, and balancing. The art is of ancient origin; acrobats performed leaps, somersaults, and vaults at Egyptian and Greek events. Acrobatic feats were featured in the commedia dell'arte theatre in Europe and in jingxi (“Peking opera”) in China. The later use of apparatuses such as poles, tightropes, and flying trapezes made acrobatics a major attraction in circus performances. Its popularity increased in the 20th century with such performers as the Flying Wallendas (see Karl Wallenda).

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